Politicians starting a meeting with prayer is free speech, S.C. Attorney General Wilson argues

The practice of lawmakers starting their meetings with prayer should be constitutionally protected free speech, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson says. Wilson is joining a coalition of 22 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings.

The friend-of-the-court brief is being filed Wednesday in connection to a case out of North Carolina.

“Our Founding Fathers strongly supported legislative prayer by public bodies and deeply believed in Divine Guidance to support these bodies," Wilson said in a statement.

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Attorney General announces V.A.L.O.R. program for veterans, military

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today a new program to help veterans, active duty military, and members of the Reserves get free legal help. The program is called V.A.L.O.R., which stands for Veterans, Active/Reserve Legal OutReach.

“The legal profession has always recognized it has a moral obligation to support those who defend the freedoms we treasure,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson, who’s also a Colonel in the SC National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “This new program will better connect veterans and members of the military with the legal help they need and may not know where to get, or may not be able to afford.”

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How we can fight opioid epidemic together

South Carolina has a drug problem, and many elected leaders have begun looking at how best to deal with it. In August, I also took action. My office filed a lawsuit against a company for its role in creating that problem. This lawsuit is not a magical silver bullet that will end this epidemic, and the company being sued is not solely to blame for the crisis. However, when we look at the statistics and we read the stories we are left with the inescapable conclusion that we must take action now.

In 2016, South Carolina ranked 9th in the nation in opioid prescribing rates. Since 2011, more than 3,000 South Carolinians have died from prescription opioid overdoses. In 2015, there were more deaths in South Carolina from taking prescription opioids or heroin than there were homicides. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of babies born addicted to opioids has quadrupled. There have been more opioid prescriptions written between 2012 and 2016 than there are residents in South Carolina.

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Silent Witness Ceremony Honors Domestic Violence Victims

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As South Carolina continues to grapple with an unusually high rate of women murdered by men, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday commemorated 34 women and five men who lost their lives due to domestic violence in 2016.

In a somber "Silent Witness" ceremony on the steps of the Statehouse — the 20th annual event — Wilson named each of the 2016 victims and described what happened to them.

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SC Attorney General joins coalition to ban sanctuary cities

COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) - On Wednesday the South Carolina Attorney General's Office announced that Alan Wilson has joined seven other states seeking to ban sanctuary cities.

“I swore an oath to uphold the law when I took office and sanctuary cities scoff at the rule of law,” Wilson said.

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SC Attorney General Wilson asks Equifax to disable fee-based monitoring, reimburse fees after breach

(COLUMBIA, SC) –South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 33 other states and the District of Columbia in urging credit reporting firm Equifax to stop pushing its own fee-based credit monitoring service after the massive data breach affecting 143 million people. In a letter to the company, they’re asking Equifax to disable links for enrollment in its fee-based monitoring. They’re also asking Equifax to reimburse consumers who incur fees to freeze their credit.

 

The states launched an investigation as soon as Equifax publicly disclosed the breach September 7th.

 

"We believe continuing to offer consumers a fee-based service in addition to Equifax's free monitoring services will serve to only confuse consumers who are already struggling to make decisions on how to best protect themselves in the wake of this massive breach," the attorneys general wrote. "Selling a fee-based product that competes with Equifax's own free offer of credit monitoring services to victims of Equifax's own data breach is unfair, particularly if consumers are not sure if their information was compromised."

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SC Attorney General Wilson drops threat of DACA lawsuit

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Tuesday he would put on hold the threat of joining with some attorneys general of other states to challenge the constitutionality of an order by President Obama that shielded children brought to the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Earlier Tuesday, President Trump announced he would rescind the executive order that created DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – but would give Congress six months to pass a law to deal with the issue.



 

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SC AG Alan Wilson suing largest opioid manufacturer

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced his office is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs.

The suit alleges that Purdue unfairly and deceptively marketed opioids, “which helped create and fuel South Carolina’s opioid epidemic,” according to Wilson’s office.

The lawsuit says Purdue violated the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, failed to comply with the terms of 2007 consent judgement with the state for similar conduct and created a public nuisance, according to the release.

 

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AG Alan Wilson joins effort to change national laws to help punish sex traffickers

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is calling upon Congressional leaders to make a slight change in one law to help him and other attorneys general fight sex trafficking better.

In a statement, Wilson says he's joining attorneys general from every other state in the United States to ask for Congress to affirm the Communications Decency Act to clarify that local law enforcement agencies retain authority to investigate and prosecute against child sex trafficking locally and online.

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South Carolina files lawsuit against manufacturer of OxyContin - Purdue Pharma in worsening opioid crisis

COLUMBIA — Attorney General Alan Wilson announced a lawsuit against one of the largest pain pill manufacturers in the nation Tuesday, pulling a page from the playbook of other lawyers across the country.

The complaint filed by South Carolina's top attorney is aimed at Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin — one of many synthetic opioids that have been manufactured, shipped, prescribed and sold throughout the United States.

"Opioid addiction is a public health menace to South Carolina," Wilson said as family members of overdose victims and addiction survivors stood behind him. "We cannot let history record that we stood by while this epidemic rages." 

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